The team behind etc.venues
Alastair Stewart is the Managing Director of etc.venues. Alastair's ambition of running his own business can be traced back to his entrepreneurial grandmother who amongst her many husbands and accomplishments set up a hotel in South Africa which drew the young Alastair into the hospitality world.
2006 was a pivotal year for Alastair when he left Rentokil Initial, where he had been MD of the conference venue business, Initial Style Conferences. With private equity backing from Dunedin Capital Partners and debt financing from Allied Irish Bank, he acquired the specialist city centre venue company, etc.venues, which he believes is a springboard to develop non-residential venues for training, meetings and conferences in major city centres across the UK.
Alastair is often interviewed by the trade press - read recent articles in:-
Alastair is an enthusiastic golfer, tennis player and skier. He is married with 2 children and lives in Berkshire.
Paul is the Finance Director of etc.venues. He graduated with a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University and qualified as a chartered accountant with Davison and Shingleton, a London practice focused on owner-managed and SME businesses. He then worked for 4 years as a management consultant with Andersens before moving into a range of Finance and Commercial Director posts in the media, leisure and sports industries. Paul joined etc.venues in 2006.
Paul has a keen interest in football, rugby, skiing, music and reading history. He is married with 2 children, and lives in Ashtead, Surrey.
Margaretha is the Sales Director of etc.venues. After completing a degree in Business and Hotel Management from the University of Gothenburg, she started her career in hospitality and leisure in Sweden working for Scandic Hotels and Rica City Hotels. She moved to the UK in 1999 and worked for what is now Coppid Beech Hotels and then at Initial Style Conferences in sales and general management. Margaretha joined etc.venues in 2005.
Margaretha, a Swede, is married and lives in Maidenhead, Berkshire. She has a fondness for amateur dramatics, (Swedish) meatballs, Champagne and pampering and holidaying in France.